- World Champion Calf Roper
Joe Beaver was barely more than an infant when he started swinging a rope in that little white house in Victoria, Texas and by 4 years old, he was roping goats from a Shetland pony. At age 8, his mother, Bonnie, took him to about 10 rodeos. At 9, he attended a rodeo every weekend of that year. When he was 15, he left youth rodeo forever, for the wolves den of the open ropings. A short half decade later, at the end of 1985, and the age of 20, he was crowned the Calf Roping Rookie of the Year AND the World Champion. He followed it up with back to back Calf Roping World Championships in 1987 and 1988. Also in 1988, Beaver won gold medals at the Olympic Rodeo in Calgary.
The nineties weren't too bad for Beaver either when he repeated the feat, capturing the Calf Roping World Title two more times, in '92 and '93. Then, in 1995, he raised the bar when he won the All-Around World Championship. Not one to rest on his laurels, he was again the World Champion All-Around Cowboy in 1996. And in the dawn of a new millennium at 35 years of age he, yet again, captured the 2000 World Champion All-Around title. In his 25 plus year career, Beaver has qualified for the NFR 18 times in the Calf Roping, 4 times in the Team Roping, and as of 2011 had won well over $3 million with a rope.
Today, he spends about 25 weeks a year teaching roping clinics to all ages, from 8 years young to the businessman who wants to improve his roping skills. Joe produces 3 Junior Ropings a year with well over 400 kids at each event paying out over $100,000 in prizes! Joe also uses this knowledge to be a color commentator for the world series of rodeo and other televised rodeos. When time permits, he still enters up and beats the best of them.